Dr. Barbara J. Kanninen

School Board Chair Barbara Kanninen

Barbara Kanninen joined the Arlington School Board on January 1, 2015 and currently serves as Chair of the School Board’s Audit Committee and liaison to the Joint Facilities Advisory Commission and the Advisory Council on Instruction. She has served as Chair of the School Board, as well as Vice-Chair, and as liaison to the Budget Advisory Committee, South Arlington Working Group, Whole Child Working Group, Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, and Student Advisory Board. Barbara has served in several capacities with the Virginia School Boards Association, including as Chair of the 2017 Northeastern Regional Nominating Committee, member of the Federal Relations committee, and Delegate to the VSBA Delegate Assembly.

In 2017, Washingtonian magazine named Barbara one of the most powerful women in Washington. Barbara and her School Board colleagues were also awarded the 2015 AGLA Equality Award and the Public Outreach and Engagement Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Barbara is a Ph.D. environmental economist, children’s book author, and co-founder of the Youth Ultimate League of Arlington. She and her husband Kevin have lived in Arlington for 25 years and have two sons, Fred and Markus, who were both K-12 Arlington Public Schools students. Fred now studies civil engineering at Penn State and Markus studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Read Barbara’s July 2, 2018 Organizational Meeting remarks here.

Office Phone:  703-228-6015

Email: barbara.kanninen@apsva.us / school.board@apsva.us

Term expires December 31, 2022